Voices from the Classroom
When Charleston native and Teach for America veteran Gina Prevost first heard of Meeting Street Academy, she knew she had found what she was looking for.
I knew I wanted to come home and make a difference in my own community. And here is this amazing school that really gets it. Parental involvement, nutrition, mentorship, exposure to the surrounding community, you name it. Where other schools see challenges, Meeting Street Academy has found opportunities.
A devoted mother of three, Natasha Jefferson was eager to find a school that welcomed parental involvement and viewed her as a teammate and valued voice. Meeting Street Academy's open door policy adn dedication to serving the whole child were an exciting departure from her experience at other schools.
I've always believed that if I allow you to fail my child, then I have failed my child. It's up to me. I can't just sit back and wait for someone else to make a difference in my child's life. At Meeting Street Academy, we work together instead of against each other.
Dakota just graduated from MSA.
The things I loved about MSA were art, swimming, and computer. I loved art because it was the most time I had alone to draw and be free as a bird. I loved swimming because I loved being with nature, and when I dove in it felt like I was home. Last but not least I loved computer because I'm really good at it, and I knew how to do my homework on it.
A Charleston professional, Gary Ray, in his third year of volunteering with Meeting Street Academy, explains what keeps him coming back.
I am a mentor - not a parent or a teacher - and that means I have a special relationship with a child. At Meeting Street Academy I am part of a team that works together to serve the student. So many young people need more than textbooks and tests to succeed. They need role models and real involvement in their lives. I'm blessed to be a part of that.